Penn State Brandywine offered its first full slate of first-year seminars this fall, enrolling 425 students across 22 sections of a curriculum designed to help freshmen make the transition to college successfully.
Have a great idea for a business but aren’t sure how to get started? The Brandywine LaunchBox, powered by Penn State, is offering a program that will help answer your questions and develop your ideas.
The Idea TestLab is a six-week business accelerator program for early-stage entrepreneurs who want to explore their scalable idea or address a customer problem for a potential business. The Idea TestLab is a "customer discovery" deep-dive designed to help you better understand the customer problem you are trying to solve and how to provide value in a differentiated way.
The program will be held via Zoom on Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m., from Feb. 15 through March 29 (no session on March 8). A private funder is offering full scholarships for all selected participants. Aspiring entrepreneurs are required to attend all class sessions in order to participate in the final pitch session event.
“We are excited to offer this valuable program to entrepreneurs in our region,” said Margaret Bacheler, senior director of statewide continuing education and workforce development for Penn State’s Commonwealth campuses. “The Idea TestLab program is designed to help teams evaluate the viability of their business ideas by coaching them through a proven method of customer discovery and problem analysis. The program will help participants learn how to test the assumptions behind their business ideas.”
Enrolled students who are noncompliant with the weekly required testing will lose access to Canvas until they become compliant. Continued noncompliance will result in additional disciplinary sanctions, up to and including conduct suspension upon the completion of a formal student conduct process.